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warriors. >> yes. >> they'll get registration. >> how fun is that. this is "world news." tonight out of control, how to stop the wildfire now threatening one of america's great national parks, tripling in size, burning in three directions tonight. thousands of families in its path. we're live at yosemite. >> breaking news, the stunning numbers on syria, how many people might have been attacked with chemical weapons and what the fbi director is telling abc news about americans in syria. are they a new threat to our homeland. text messages, the teenager abducted and rescued from the woods revealing what was in those messages and letters she exchanged with her kidnapper. and vanished. watch these trees tonight disappear before our eyes. the massive sink hole caught on tape in one american community, what caused it, and this evening where it could happen next.
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>> good evening. diane is off on this thursday night. we do begin with an american treasure threatened by that fierce and growing wildfire tonight. yosemite national park and that fire inching closer by the minute. this is the scene on the ground this evening. the ancient sequoias, fire trucks rushing through valleys of fire. and just listen tonight. the sound of that wildfire raging out of control, hundreds of firefighters now deployed. new evacuations under way. that fire one of at least 50 burning in the west tonight in the county where yosemite is just declaring a state of emergency. abc's neal karlinsky is on the front lines for us and he leads us off tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening from the south side of an angry fire tonight. these are not clouds behind me. this is smoke.
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this gives you a sense of the size and the soap of this blaze as these plumes continue to intensify and get darker and die down again as this fire is fought mainly from the air. at the yosemite rose bed and breakfast built for the thousands who flock to its untouched beauty each year, they're making their last stand. the fire is coming over the hill straight at them and the owner in his bulldozer to help out is making plans with the fire team. >> give me the signal and i can make laps around the house without a problem. >> reporter: just down the road this man has another fire team at his house, staring down an intense aerial fire fight to stop the flames before they burn through his property. >> are you sticking here throughout? >> absolutely. slel ter shelter in place, protect what i can as long as i can. >> reporter: the wind has caused rapidly changing conditions as we found out first hand.
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it shot up again, the flames did. while shooting this material in the fire zone -- whoa! a chunk of flaming tree big enough to seriously hurt someone fell near our car. it's unusually bad right now even though the wildfire numbers are down nationwide. they're way up in california where there have been nearly 40 percent more fires than last year. hundreds more caused by lightning within just days. we found homeowners packed up, ready to leave if they have to. >> if we lose it all, we have a great insurance policy, so. >> hopefully it won't come to that. >> we'll start all over again. >> reporter: the fire is not threatening any more homes right now but it is continuing to grow. it has tripled in size since yesterday. they've got a real fight on their hands. >> that dark smoke behind you, neal. thanks to you. i want to bring in abc's meteorologist ginger zee who is tracking this fire for us. you were telling me the fire is close to yosemite and the park is not in the clear yet. >> not at all.
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they have that dry foalage. it's all of the west. 50 large wildfires in nine states out west dealing with this. lightning as neal mentioned a huge issue. that's why we have red flag warnings for so many places. i want to show you who has this. see that low pressure system. that's part of the issue. kicking off thunderstorms, gusty winds and in just the last 24 hours over 4,400 lightning strikes starting 45 new fires just in california. >> ginger, thanks to you as always. we turn overseas to syria and the stunning numbers tonight we heard from the state department, potentially more than 1,000 victims in the latest possible chemical attacks, the world still studying those disturbing images, the victims, including women and children of this newest attack. this evening that disturbing headline from washington about what we could be looking at now. u.n. weapons inspectors are on the ground facing huge hurdles trying to determine if chemical weapons were, in fact, accused.
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abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz is in the region for us tonight. >> reporter: it's a terrible and urgent task. tonight the u.s. and u.n. racing to find out whether chemical weapons killed these men, women and children and just how many died. today a shocking new number from opposition groups revealed in washington. >> the most recent estimates we've seen range from 1,000 to 1800 which is obviously a broad range. >> reporter: the assad regime says the claims that it carried out a chemical attack are baseless. but the world is reacting swiftly and forcefully. as u.n. investigators beg for access to the site, the evidence may be quickly dissipating. david, tonight president obama has directed the intelligence community to do everything possible to find additional information about this suspected attack, but we don't know what the u.s. response would be. david? >> martha raddatz with us again tonight. thank you. also new word this evening
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on americans now believed to have joined the fight on the ground in syria potentially helping terrorist groups there. could those americans, in fact, pose a threat to our homeland. our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas sat down with fbi director robert muller today. >> we know muller is about to step down after 12 years. this was really something today in your interview expressing real concern about americans on the ground in syria? >> reporter: the fbi director is concerned about radicals who have gone to fight including members of al qaeda, and he said there is intelligence americans may have joined them. >> you are concerned about what they -- number one, the associations they will make and secondly, the expertise they will develop and whether or not they will utilize that expertise to undertake an attack in the homeland. so, yes, we are concerned about that. >> as he gets ready to leave his post, pierre, you asked what still keeps him up at night and what did he tell you? >> reporter: he was blunt as
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always. he worries about terrorists taking on a plane with a bomb or using biological or chemical weapons. he said those threats are very, very real. >> pierre thomas with us from our washington bureau, thank you. from syria to the breaking images from egypt tonight where after more than two years behind bars, former president hosni mubarak was let out of prison, taken away in a helicopter. a dramatic change of fortune from our time there during the revolution that brought him down. our abc news team was on the ground in cairo as they pushed him from power. we all remember that moment in the square as supporters with whips rode in on camel and horse back targeting the protestors. not long after, this image, around the world of mubarak disgraced in a cage in a courtroom. tonight the eyes of egypt and the world were on that helicopter, mubarak being whisked away to a military hospital. the man elected to replace him, mohammed morsi, in prison instead. back at home to an american who shared secrets before edward snowden and the nsa. bradley manning was the army private who leaked the top secret documents, just sentenced
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to 35 years behind bars this week, tonight revealing he wants to live behind bars as a woman. the american military responding to that request. here's abc's senior national correspondent jim avila now. >> reporter: bradley manning had one more secret to tell, the small statured man in the army greens is actually a woman inside. those pictures of him cross dressing shown at trial were real and not a defense tactic. in a letter released today, manning wrote, "as i transition into this next phase of my life, i want everyone to know the real me. i am chelsea manning. i am a female." manning wants to be called "she" and begin the transformation immediately. "given the way that i feel and have felt since childhood, i want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible." that may be difficult because at fort leavenworth where he's to serve a 35-year sentence for releasing 700,000 documents to
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wikileaks, the military does not offer that type of treatment but manning's attorney vows to fight. >> i'm going to change that. >> reporter: the attorneys first demonstrated their client's feeling about being a woman during the pre-trial hearings. manning called himself brie yan na back then. today the signature reads chelsea. jim avila, abc news, washington. next to california tonight and the teenager kidnapped and rescued from the woods, hannah anderson. we had learned about the dozen text messages sent back and forth with the kidnapper in the hours before it unfolded. tonight she reveals in her own words what those text messages were about and the letter she exchanged with the alleged kidnapper, too. here's abc's linsey davis tonight. >> reporter: she was kidnapped, her mother and brother tortured and killed. now a little more than a week after her rescue, 16-year-old hannah anderson seen by so many as a victim, feels the need to defend herself. in an interview broadcast on nbc
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news, she explained why she had written letters to jim dimaggio her 40-year-old abductor who she had always known as uncle jim. >> the letters were from a year ago when me and my mom weren't getting along very well. me and him talked about how to deal with it. he helped me through it. >> reporter: as for the 13 phone exchanges with dimaggio the day of her abduction, she says they weren't phone calls but text messages because he was picking her up from cheerleading camp and didn't know where to find her. as the community comes together to raise money for the funeral of her mow and 8-year-old brother, hannah expresses gratitude for the amber alert that she says saved her. >> i didn't really know what it was but i know it helped people find me. with everyone's support it can help a lot. >> reporter: her hope now, that people won't see her as a victim but as a survivor instead. linsey davis, abc news, new york. to boston tonight, new developments in the case of the former football star charged with murder in massachusetts.
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former new england patriot aaron hernandez didn't speak but mouthed the words "i love you" to his mother in court today. he was indicted by a grand jury for shooting his friend. prosecutors say he orchestrated that killing. he's being held without bail and remains in solitary confinement. to a case playing out in san diego tonight involving the embattled mayor there. all week protestors putting pressure on the mayor to resign after the sexual harassment scandal, that 1-800 number set up for alleged victims. one protester taking to the air writing, "surrender bob," across the sky. tonight a new image giving us a clue about what the disgraced mayor may be planning next. abc's ryan owens on the case again tonight. >> mayor filner, are you going to resign? >> reporter: if this video is any indication, it may finally be over. san diego mayor bob filner loading boxes into his suv outside city hall last night. >> good to see you guys. >> reporter: affiliate kgtv has learned mayor filner is prepared
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to resign tomorrow if the city council signs off on a deal hashed out over three days of mediation. the 70-year-old is accused of sexually harassing 18 women. >> there was a hand that went to my back, to my buttock and i was shocked. >> reporter: the details of the settlement are confidential but many don't want taxpayers to pay filner another cent. >> his parting gift should be good riddance instead of a handout. >> reporter: especially according to his critics because he's become such a punch line. ♪ maybe it's time you left >> reporter: in fact, some voters want him recalled before he can quit. they say resignation is too easy for a man who has embarrassed america's 8th largest city. ryan owens, abc news, san diego. now to the breaking headline we've been following all day from wall street. real concern today when computers suddenly froze, stocks halted, no one knew what was happening at the nasdaq as americans and their 401(k)s,
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their retirements, were for a time frozen for three hours. i want to bring in our chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis. you were with us all afternoon. you were telling me this is unprecedented. >> this is something we've never seen before in companies most people own in their retirement savings -- apple, google, microsoft, facebook. all of these companies ceased to trade for three hours today. much of that time was spent trying to determine just why that was. very little information coming out. they've traced it to a technical problem at the nasdaq but still we don't know why that happened. >> we know there was a fear that this was a potential terror threat, a possible hacker. the fbi director told abc news this is the kind of thing that keeps him up at night. >> this is why the president was notified. the s.e.c., the treasury all watching this situation to determine exactly where it goes. there is a very real cyber threat and if it impacts our markets it could impact people's lives. >> we should mention when it was
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pumped out enough to make the ground give way. now the earth slowly moves into the cavern causing growing sink holes above. >> it's going to continue to grow until it finds a point where it can support itself. >> reporter: the sink hole appeared a year ago. 150 households were evacuated and the state is suing the company that mined the salt. sink holes are common and often occur naturally. this one in downtown guatemala city bore a hole big enough to swallow the statue of liberty. they riddled the state of florida because most of the state sits on pourous limestone. >> it burns through the rock. we're talking hundreds of thousands of years. >> reporter: this sink hole near orlando gulped down part of a resort, forcing dozens to evacuate. another one in florida earlier this year turned deadly, killing jeff bush as he lay sleeping in bed. perhaps there is no greater visual of a sink hole's destructive power than this.
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solo fishing trip in the gulf of mexico. three hours later he texted his wife this picture but that was last she heard from him. by 8:30 at night she called the police. rescue crews searched by air and sea. at 4:00 in the morning they found him alive floating without a life vest, treading water, 18 hours later found, and a wife relieved tonight. something millions of american families who welcome a puppy into their home can relate to. president obama revealing something about the newest addition to their family today, their puppy, sunny. >> not completely potty trained. >> saying to the folks there he's not completely potty trained. given that information tonight, there is no word on whether sunny has been allowed into the oval office tonight. we'll keep you posted. some passengers on board a southwest flight from phoenix to los angeles got quite a surprise. look who showed up and sang a tune. ♪
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>> pop star gavin degraw in an impromptu serenade, part of southwest's new program, surprising passengers at 35,000 feet with a concert, a new program they started, something they do when they have stars on board the plane. gavin degraw isn't the only one singing this week. i'm back tonight after sitting down with superstar alicia keys, and tomorrow night you'll see the amazing project she's working on right now and you'll hear the song she chose to sing to me. she's singing it right here. and why she chose that song. if you have any guesses, send me a little tweet, our person of the week tomorrow night. when we come back, a father and son we all know well here, put to the test tonight and what they did wrong that so many of us do on those trips with the children and grandchildren. when we come back, how to get that cash back. that cash back. stiffness... accomplishing even little things can become major victories. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. when i was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, my rheumatologist prescribed enbrel
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classic tourist mistakes, spending too much and not seeing the real san francisco. i need a knight in shining armor, and here he is. >> the trap is getting stuck and not knowing where to go and following the crowds that don't know where they're going. >> reporter: john's rule number one to avoid that fate. >> ask yourself that question, what's two streets over. >> reporter: sure enough, a secret passage way to a real fisherman's wharf. later we jumped a cable car two streets over from the main tourist line, no crowds. they even let milo ring the bell. onto rule number two. >> leave the tourist attraction and follow the locals to lunch. >> reporter: is it really cheaper? we bought two bottles of water at the wharf. >> how much is that? >> $4.89. >> reporter: then followed the locals to lunch. the water here is only a dollar a bottle.
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>> i thought i was being smart going inland to buy souvenirs. >> we bought two cable cars today. the one at fisherman's wharf was $9 and this one was $2.99, but to be fair, the wheel did just fall off of it. >> reporter: rule number three, a surprising one, the time we wasted, the time we spent just getting there, just plain not worth it. sometimes it's okay to wallow in the tourist hot spot just for a san francisco state of emergency over the rim near near yosemite what. 84 square miles of flames and smoke are sending there. >> a two week sweep of
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homeless sex owe grerndz. >> and a fight to save one of the state's biggest community college will be waged in the court. >> abc 7 news i team looked into the death of a hily regarded member of the san francisco police brass. >> in fire is so large that is what we're seeing now. >> huge flames roaring outside of yosemite tonight. firefighters have been unable to tame them. >> this is a terrifying fire. the governor declared a local state of emergency because of the rim fire. so did the city which operates a camp and gets water and power from the hetch hetchy reservoir there. the fire is sprou shaeding up and down the canyon.
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and toured the community of pine mountain lake. highway 120 into yosemite is still closed. >> the winds have picked up had afternoon. but today, the day began with a red flag warning lifted enabling firefighters to makeup ground lost after the fire tripled in acreage. this fire exploded out of control when just the wind banned the flames. >> this is a very complex fire. just unique fire behavior. >> but at tack continues to play a key role pounding the fire with retardant and water one of the main ways to fight the fire because much is not accessible. folks
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